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Town council gives kebab van trader the boot

Posted on Saturday 13th February 2016 at 9:03 pm by SH (Editor)

Ozzy's Kebabs, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Bradley Stoke Town Council has terminated the contract of a kebab van operator who rented a pitch in the car park of Brook Way Activity Centre after the trader breached conditions relating to late payment of fees and non-attendance.

Ozzy’s Kebabs took over the pitch previously used by Oasis Food in 2013, but didn’t begin trading until the following year. The van initially traded seven nights a week, but is understood to have stopped attending in early September 2014.

In October 2014, Ozay Isitman, the owner of the business, told the council that it was running at a loss and he was finding it very difficult to continue trading. He asked the council to modify his contract so that he would only have use of the pitch on Fridays and Saturdays, which was agreed.

However, when the van had still not appeared by March 2014, councillors decided to issue an ultimatum to Mr Isitman, requiring him to recommence trading by 4th April or lose the pitch.

They also imposed special conditions that would result in termination of contract in the event of non-attendance or late payment of pitch hire fees.

The van returned just in time to meet the April deadline, but following late payment of invoices issued for September, November and December 2015, and reports of further non-attendance, the town council gave the trader formal notice to quit, with immediate effect, on 8th December.

A notice advertising a vacancy for a ‘mobile street trader food pitch’ at the Brook Way site has since appeared on the town council’s website.

More: Ozzy’s departure leaves only one tenant – at Baileys Court »

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Brook Way kebab trader faces licence hearing

Posted on Monday 22nd June 2015 at 10:52 pm by SH (Editor)

Ozzy's Kebabs, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

The proprietor of Ozzy’s Kebab van, which trades in the car park of Brook Way Activity Centre, has had his annual street trading licence renewal application referred to a South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) sub-committee following an objection from a local resident.

The van has recently been trading at the site on just two nights a week, following a period of non-attendance that is understood to have begun in September 2014.

In October 2014, Ozay Isitman, the owner of the business, told Bradley Stoke Town Council that it was running at a loss and he was finding it very difficult to continue trading. He asked the council to modify his contract so that he would only have use of the pitch on Fridays and Saturdays, which was agreed.

A smaller van finally returned to trade at the site in April this year, but only after town councillors had issued a “turn up or lose the pitch” ultimatum.

Consultation on Mr Isitman’s street trading licence renewal application began on 11th May and has attracted one objection on the grounds of “an increase in odour and grease residue on car windscreens”. Another local resident (identified as living in The Common) comments that he/she has observed grease residue on car windscreens and questions whether the van meets regulations for the filtering of fumes. A third local resident (identified as living in Saxon Way) supports the renewal application, describing the trader as being “very responsible”, adding that he “keeps the area very clean”.

Bradley Stoke Town Council says it is happy for “a trader” to operate at the site, but specifically avoided naming Mr Isitman in its letter to SGC.

The town council’s Finance Committee agreed in October 2013 that up to two food traders should be allowed on each of its three sites, saying that this would be “beneficial for the area, offering residents a wider choice of multi-cultural takeaway food facilities within the town, at the same time as offering an extra income stream for the council”. However, in July 2014, following negative public reaction and a contradictory decision by its own Planning Committee, the council decided to revert to its previous policy of having just one trader at Brook Way, one trader at Baileys Court and no traders at the Jubilee Centre.

SGC’s Licensing Sub-Committee will consider Mr Isitman’s application on Tuesday (23rd June).

Related link: Agenda and reports for the Licensing Sub-Committee hearing

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Council’s ultimatum to reluctant kebab trader

Posted on Sunday 17th May 2015 at 12:26 am by SH (Editor)

Ozzy's Kebabs, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

A kebab van operator who rents a pitch in the car park of Brook Way Activity Centre has returned to trade at the site after an absence of seven months.

Ozzy’s Kebabs has been trading again at the site, on Friday and Saturday nights only, since the beginning of April, after Bradley Stoke Town Council issued an ultimatum that threatened immediate termination of contract if the van didn’t reappear by 4th April 2015.

The van had previously been trading seven nights a week, but is understood to have stopped attending in early September 2014.

In October 2014, Ozay Isitman, the owner of the business, told the council that it was running at a loss and he was finding it very difficult to continue trading. He asked the council to modify his contract so that he would only have use of the pitch on Fridays and Saturdays, which was agreed.

By February this year, the van had still not reappeared, although the council appeared to be unconcerned because the trader was “still paying rent for the pitch”.

However, at a council meeting just one month later, councillors were told that Mr Isitman was now in breach of the terms and conditions of hire because of “late payments and non-attendance”.

When allowed to address the meeting, Mr Isitman said he was in the process of acquiring a smaller van and would hopefully be back trading the following weekend.

Following a length debate, held in closed session, councillors decided to issue an ultimatum to Mr Isitman, requiring him to recommence trading by 4th April or lose the pitch.

Having returned just in time to satisfy the council’s demand, Mr Isitman now faces having to renew his annual South Gloucestershire street trading licence, for which he requires a letter from the town council (as landlord) stating that they are happy for him to trade at the site.

Members of the town council’s Planning Committee meeting in April expressed reluctance to specifically name Mr Isitman in their letter to the licensing authority, deciding instead to state that “a trader” was allowed to use the pitch.

The town council’s Finance Committee agreed in October 2013 that up to two food traders should be allowed on each of its three sites, saying that this would be “beneficial for the area, offering residents a wider choice of multi-cultural takeaway food facilities within the town, at the same time as offering an extra income stream for the council”. Trader occupancy across the three sites is currently less than 10% of that aspired level.

Photo: Ozzy’s Kebabs’ new smaller van at Brook Way.

This article originally appeared in the May 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Town council to review controversial multiple mobile food trader policy

Posted on Tuesday 8th July 2014 at 7:22 pm by SH (Editor)

Ozzy's Kebab, Brook Way Activity Centre, Bradley Stoke.

Town councillors are to review a controversial new policy that potentially allows more than one mobile food trader to operate in the car parks of each of Bradley Stoke’s three council-run activity centres, following a series of seemingly contradictory decisions that have led to two potential new operators withdrawing their street trading licence applications.

The town council’s Finance Committee agreed last October to allow up to two traders to operate at each of its sites, but the first trader to apply for a ‘no. 2’ pitch under the new policy, Papas Pizzas (wishing to trade at the Brook Way Activity Centre), subsequently withdrew his application for a street trading licence after learning he would also have to foot the costs of applying for ‘change of use’ planning permission.

The same Finance Committee later rejected a proposal made by Cllr Brian Hopkinson, the main proponent of the multiple food trader policy, that the council should pay the ‘change of use’ planning application costs of any trader wishing to take on a new pitch at a council-owned site.

A further setback followed in April 2014, when the council’s Planning Committee voted to object to a street trading licence application from Marmaris Kebabs to trade on a ‘no. 2’ pitch at the Baileys Court Activity Centre, after residents in the surrounding area voiced concerns. As a result of the committee’s decision, the town council felt obliged to withdraw its offer of a pitch, meaning that the trader had no choice but to withdraw the street trading licence application he had made to South Gloucestershire Council.

Speaking during the public participation session at June’s special meeting of Full Council, a neighbour of the Jubilee Centre described the situation with the council’s new multiple food trader policy as “shambolic” and called for it to be revoked.

The policy is to be reviewed at the next meeting of Full Council which takes place at the Jubilee Centre this Wednesday (9th July), starting at 7pm. Members of the public are invited to attend and can have their say during a 15-minute session at the start of the meeting.

More: Council continues to advertise for new food traders »

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